Consumer goods & complex value chains
Understanding and managing impacts and risks linked to consumer goods is the next frontier in biodiversity management. No easy task, as consumer goods have impacts and dependencies on nature that stretch across complex, global value chains. We use our cross-sector experience and expertise in conservation science, biodiversity data and systems thinking to deliver solutions to sustainability challenges for some of the world’s leading consumer goods organisations.
Businesses across the world are seeing a seismic shift in consumer awareness around consumption choices, which is coupled with rapid advances in data and traceability in supply chains. This has created a clear business rationale to address impacts on nature together with the tools to undertake it.
Taking the first practical steps on this journey can be challenging – especially as there is now a multitude of frameworks, ‘green schemes’ and labels competing for attention. Knowing what works in both business and ecological contexts is the basis for sustainable value chains and we partner with world leading organisations to cut through this noise to provide a clear path to better biodiversity risk management.
We start by listening, so we understand our client’s ambitions for integrating nature into decision-making. We identify how and where the business impacts on biodiversity and guide them through most appropriate approaches to building long-term resilience and business success.
We’ve applied our experience to a range of value chain scenarios, from mining and energy to agriculture and major commodities, through to luxury and high street brands. We have also been instrumental in developing methods for understanding and addressing impacts in corporate settings. This includes our pioneering work with raw material extraction and production, and more recently to understand the footprint of companies in the apparel, personal care, food and beverage, retail, telecoms, professional services and technology sectors.